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Etobicoke YSC And Three Clubs Form Partnership

Barrie, Brams United, Etobicoke and Newmarket Will Work Together to Develop Tomorrow’s Young Soccer Stars

Toronto, Thursday, April 12, 2007 — Four community-based soccer clubs dedicated to providing young soccer players with opportunities to pursue their soccer potential have formed a partnership that will see them work together to provide young players with shared training and development opportunities.

Barrie Soccer Club, Brams United Girls Soccer Club, Etobicoke Youth Soccer Club and Newmarket Soccer Club have formed a partnership which will see the clubs host joint training days this summer. The day-long training sessions, called the “Friendship Tour”, will bring together competitive players from ages 7 to 12 (U8-U12) from all four clubs to train with professional coaches and participate in scrimmages where players will put the professional training into practice.

“Our clubs share similar philosophies with regard to training and developing young players and have a deep commitment to grassroots soccer,” said Joe Couto, President of Etobicoke Youth SC. “We are pooling our resources and expertise to provide all our players with unequalled training opportunities.”

The first “Friendship Tour” session will take place April 28 and 29 in Etobicoke for U8 and U9 players. Training sessions for U10, U11 and U12 will be held on May 27 as follows:

  • U10 boys and girls hosted by Etobicoke Youth SC
  • U11 boys hosted by Newmarket SC
  • U11 girls hosted by Brams United SC
  • U12 boys and girls hosted by Barrie SC

“The Friendship Tour will allow our players to receive excellent training and put into practice what they learn in a challenging, safe and fun environment,” said Newmarket SC President Lucille Abate.

According to Joe Nucifora, Technical Director U11-U13 of Brams United Girls SC, this initiative is especially important for female players.

“Young female players need good training and a consistently high level of competition to excel. Our four clubs are dedicated to girl’s soccer and these sessions will help all our female players by providing excellent competition as well as develop opportunities this summer,” he said.

“It is important that clubs that are community-focused and committed to grassroots soccer development work together,” said Rick Morandini, Club Manager, Barrie SC. “All four Clubs have invested money towards hiring professionals to lead and execute their development programs. Soccer is now fragmented and offering a program like this can only benefit the players, coaches and overall soccer.”

For more information:

Joe Couto President, Etobicoke Youth SC 416-575-1731,

Lucille Abate President, Newmarket SC 905-836-8761,

Rick Morandini Club Manager, Barrie SC 705-739-7844,

Joe Nucifora Technical Director U11-13, Brams United Girls SC 416-433-0434,

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